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Billy Barr reflects on his side's narrow defeat to Derby County and previews the upcoming game against Everton

30 August 2018

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Billy Barr says he has seen improvement in his young side this term, but admits things need to "click" in attack following defeat to Derby County at the weekend.

Kyle Connell handed Rovers a dream start just 10 minutes into the game before the hosts responded through a Jack Stretton brace, which included the winning goal just two minutes before the break.

But speaking afterwards, Barr's glass is half full, with the Under-18s boss believing things are improving slowly but surely for his young lads.

“We’re improving. We started really well and went 1-0 up with a really well taken goal. Derby got into the game with a goalkeeping error from Ben Winterbottom and we lost our way," he reflected. 

“At 1-1 we thought half time had come at a good time but conceded again. We probably deserved a draw out of the game on possession and territory but we don’t click when we go forward.
 
“We’ve been in every game and capped that with a win at City but there are improvements, we are learning all the time.
 
“Kyle Connell got our goal by showing good movement and he had two or three similar chances to add to his and our tally. It was a great ball from Dan Pike playing out of position at left back for the goal."
 
Next up for Barr's boys is a home game against Everton at Brockhall Village and it won't be easy against the Toffees, who sit in second place in the table.
 
But the Rovers youngsters have shown they can topple the best; highlighted by the recent victory at Manchester City.
 
“Everton are a good team, are strong, have won two of their opening three games and sit near the top of the league," he added.
 
"The game we used to scout ahead of our match against Derby was actually against Everton, which helps. We will sort a game plan for that one. It will be difficult but we’ll go with our young squad and see how we get on.
 
"The teams we come up against are predominantly second years and so far it’s been okay from our young group."

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